Faculty in Residence

The Faculty in Residence program at the University of Oregon means that faculty members and their families live in the residence halls. Having connections and meaningful conversations with faculty members is one of the keys to student engagement and success. The Faculty in Residence program is one more way to bring the college experience home to you at the UO. There are four faculty members in residence at the UO. There are also faculty fellows that support each residence hall on campus. 

Meet Ari Purnama

Assistant Professor, Cinema Studies

I am passionate about the arts, particularly cinema, and the way they channel our humanity through storytelling. That is why I commit my professional life to the study, teaching, and practice of films from different parts of the world and cultures.

As a faculty member in residence in the New Residence Hall, I see myself not as a “sage on the stage” but as a supportive coach and enthusiastic sounding board, juggling roles as a mentor, advisor, supporter, fellow Mario Kart player, performing arts enthusiast, and dependable resource for your academic queries and more.

I cherish spontaneity, so you’re always welcome to swing by my office on the ground floor of the New Residence Hall, whether you’re seeking academic advice or simply want to discuss your favorite movie soundtracks! If you prefer to set an appointment, you can drop me a line at purnama@uoregon.edu.

Faculty in Residence Jina Kim with two students.
Meet Jina Kim

Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Literatures

I see my role as a mentor who will act as a facilitator, guide post, and a cheerleader—someone who can assist you in your path toward success at the UO. I am looking forward to working with you to build our community in Global Scholars Hall. I hope we can, together, explore this curious world we live in; discover various interconnectedness we have; and see our belonging in solving global, national, local (however small) problems we face in a collaborative way. 

My apartment and office are on the first floor near the Learning Commons. My East Asian Languages and Literatures office is located in Friendly Hall 403. Please stop by! Or you can email me at jinak@uoregon.edu to set up a time to talk.

Meet Robin Hopkins

Career Instructor, Human Physiology

I love everything related to the structure and function of the human body and moved to Eugene from Canada to teach in the Department of Human Physiology. The best part of my job is engaging with students along their academic journeys and I am very excited to extend that beyond the classroom and into the community of Justice Bean Hall as a faculty member in residence. 

Come stop by my office off the east kitchen in Justice Bean or join me for puppy playtime with my charcoal lab Grizzly. You can also email me at rhopkins@uoregon.edu. I’m looking forward to hearing your story and building the Justice Bean community together!

Meet Jennifer O’Neal

Assistant Professor, Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies

My interests are varied and I’ll be hosting a number of exciting programs throughout the year. I hope to see you at these gatherings and look forward to getting to know you. Participating in them is one of the best ways to meet people and get involved in our community.  

I’m here to help guide you along your academic and personal journey at the UO. My office is on the second floor of Unthank Hall; feel free to stop by and say hello. You can also email me at joneal@uoregon.edu.